Mayor's Corner

Oct 04

[ARCHIVED] Make Sure Your Vote Counts!

The original item was published from October 4, 2018 1:29 PM to May 20, 2019 12:07 PM

Voting is one of the most important rights we have as American citizens.  Your participation ensures that laws and government leaders represent and reflect our community.  Please spend a few minutes making sure that you are ready to vote in our November election by following these suggestions.

  • Ohio is actively purging its voter rolls this year. Check here to find if your voting status is in jeopardy.

  • If you are in danger of being purged; have recently moved or changed your name; or just need to register for the first time, update your registration here.  The registration deadline is October 9, 2018 for the November 6, 2018 General Election.

  • Check that your Voter ID is current (as of Election Day November 6, 2018) and ready.  Common forms of ID may include:
    • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;
    • A military identification;
    • A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed;
    • An original or copy of a current utility bill/current bank statement/government check with the voter’s name and present address.
    • “Current” means within the last 12 months.  Note: You cannot use as proof of identification a notice that the board of elections mailed to you. Voters who do not provide one of these documents will still be able to vote by provisional ballot.  Full ID requirements are here.

  • Be informed and take some time to research the candidates and issues on your ballot.  You can get a sample ballot here. The League of Women Voters – Ohio provides nonpartisan information about candidates and issues online.

  • Vote EARLY, if at all possible!  You can do it two ways: absentee or early in-person at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44115. 
    • To vote absentee, apply for a vote by mail ballot before November 3, 2018 at noon.  Once you complete your ballot, it must be returned to the Board by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day or postmarked by the post office by the day before Election Day.
    • Or even easier, vote early in person at the Board. There is free parking at the Board. Voting begins October 10, 2018 and continues weekdays and a few weekend days through November 5, 2018.  See the complete schedule here.

  • If you plan to vote on Election Day (again, November 6, 2018), confirm your polling location in advance.  Polling locations can change year to year, so be sure you have the most current information and print out a copy to bring with you in case of any question.

  • Serve your community on Election Day!  If you are 17 or older on Election Day, you can apply to become a paid poll worker.  Cuyahoga County needs more than 4,500 people are needed on Election Day to help staff the polls, transport ballots and materials, and maintain political balance.  This is a wonderful way to support our democracy and assist your neighbors.  Training is provided and no prior experience is needed.

  • Lastly, please share this list with friends and family and encourage everyone to participate fully in our election process.  People listen to someone they know and trust.  
Your encouragement can be powerful.  If anyone needs a ride to the polls, or other help getting ready, lend a hand: the future of our city, state, and country depends on all of us. See you at the polls!